Episode 39

094: “You’re Asian American in a white space - do you even know what discrimination is?” Unpacking the intersectional experience of being a mixed Pinay with April Werle

Published on: 19th February, 2021

Artist & Muralist, April Werle, joins us for an in-depth breakdown of how cultural dissonance manifests for mixed Pinays wanting to connect with their Filipina roots. From growing up with a strained family dynamic and experiencing repudiation from non-Filipinos, she shares how she’s used her love & skill for art/mural painting to evolve her own understanding of how she identifies as a Filipino American woman.

Connect with April on IG @aprilwerle, email april.werle@gmail.com, or at https://www.aprilwerle.com/

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The Filipino American Woman Project
Stories and life lessons by Filipino American women
ABOUT US
Welcome to the Filipino American Woman Project - A Podcast Show that shares stories and life lessons told by individuals living (or have lived) in America, that are of Filipino descent and identify as female or non-binary.

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Special thanks to the Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies at UC Davis for the opportunity to present our academic paper, Pinay Podcasters: Building a Self-Sustaining Community Through Storytelling, Collective Healing & Learning, and Collaboration. The initial draft is now available! Read more at http://pinaypodcasters.com/

RECOGNITION
December 2020, we were nominated and received an Honorable Mention at the Asian American Podcaster's Inaugural Golden Crane Podcast Awards. August 2020, Jen Amos participated as a speaker on behalf of TFAW Project for PodFest Global, which now holds the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for Largest Attendance for a Virtual Podcasting Conference in One Week. May 2020, we were recognized as “Amplifying Asian Women Voices” on Spotify during AAPI Heritage Month.

We've also been featured in Realtime Community Oakland, Mochi Magazine, Ossa Collective, SUPERBANDS, Chopsticks Alley, FoundHer by Entrepinayship, Spotify, PodFest Expo, Philippine American Foundation for Charities, When In Manila, You Are Collect;ve, San Diego Union Tribune, NBC 7 San Diego, and much more! Read more at: https://linktr.ee/tfawproject.featured

CONTACT US
Find us on social media: Instagram @thefilipinoamericanwoman, Facebook @thefilipinoamericanwoman, Twitter @thefilamwoman, YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-IzWjkLCof3Pf7TW8ExyXw

Have something to share? Email Jen at jen@tfawproject.com or Nani at nani@tfawproject.com or leave us a voice or text message at 415-484-TFAW(8329)

Learn more about our co-hosts Jen at http://thejenamos.com/ and Nani at https://notesbynani.com/
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Jen Amos

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Jen Amos is an award-winning podcaster and entrepreneur.

Jen first found podcasting in summer 2019 as a way to work through depression and bouts of loneliness. She had recently moved from San Diego, CA (her home of 20+ years) to now Virginia Beach, VA in pursuit of new business ventures.

Jen actively seeks to find common ground through conversation and storytelling to foster connection, community and collaboration. She is known for her active listening skills, candidness, and ability to uncover powerful stories and universal lessons while conversing with her guests. Her favorite topics to cover on her podcast shows involve military families, entrepreneurs, women, and mental health. Since summer 2019, she has conducted 500+ podcast interviews.

Prior to podcasting and moving to the east coast, Jen received her Bachelor’s in Journalism emphasis Public Relations at San Diego State University and was fired from her fourth consecutive job in her young adult years. For more than a decade since, Jen has established a career in sales and in entrepreneurship with experience in the legal industry, online marketing, and now financial services.

During her spare time, Jen volunteers with Veterati, enjoys a leisurely read, and swimming.

Nani Dominguez

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Nani discovered podcasting haphazardly in the summer of 2019 after reaching out to then-solo-host of the TFAW Project, Jen Amos, to express the significant impact the show was having on her own self-discovery path. After one long & surprisingly intimate phone conversation, they decided to co-host the show together going forward.

By the way of her biracial identity, Nani brings a unique approach to the conversation by offering an intersectional perspective that allows guests and listeners alike to be vulnerable with themselves and explore their most authentic narratives. Together, Jen and Nani create a safe space for fellow Filipinx-Americans to contemplate our shared cultural/family experience, lived & inherited traumas, and the history of our heritage, people & land.

"As a mestiza (or mixed Pinay), I've struggled to find spaces I fit into without feeling like I'm "not (something) enough". Throughout the course of my life my identity has been oversimplified due to my lack of a solid understanding of where I come from. Therefore, I've enabled others to guide my experience & beliefs about who I am. This ultimately resulted in resentment for my own self-image; producing feelings of self-loathing, inadequacy, and unworthiness that plagued my past relationships & interconnections.

I'm proud to be spearheading this project with Ate Jen to promote healing and decolonization in our community, while reclaiming the narrative of the Filipino-American woman."

In addition to podcasting, Nani extends her efforts to normalize the neoteric Fil-Am experience by writing about culture, wellness and community on her blog. Notesbynani.com is an active documentation of personal recordings she hopes will later serve others going through similar identity crises, relationship issues, trying to process generational trauma, and other mental health issues prevalent in our families and culture.

These two projects along with her involvement in local community organizing represent Nani's own self-reflection and her desire to help others. She dedicates her work & elective time to the cause she's most passionate about - community healing. As for her day job, she's worked in Administrative Operations supporting C-suite executives for over a decade. Over the years, she's mastered her expertise by trying her hand in a variety of industries including financial services, healthcare & technology, entertainment, and cosmetics.

When she's not working on her craft, you can catch her making Spotify playlists, drinking matcha lattes, meditating, and spreading love & light online.